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Guy tries to rob store with Playstation controller

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

Maybe kids these days really are playing too many video games if they think they can rob a store using a Playstation controller. Did he intend to fire using R1 or the square button? We don’t know. We just know that he hid a Sony Playstation controller in his pocket and pretended it was a gun.

He was charged with armed robbery after an officer walked in on the robbery and got him. Right tool for the right job people. I wonder if the controller rumbled when they took him down.

Borders files for bankruptcy

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2011

It’s official, Borders, the second largest bookstore chain the U.S., has filed for bankruptcy. The company will continue to operate while it restructures, but it will be just a shadow of it’s former self. It has to close around 200 of its stores, about 30 percent. After that, it might need to close another 75.

Though the company hasn’t produced its own e-book reader, it has partnered with Kobo to sell its device, and it has established its own e-book store that is used by various e-reader apps for smartphones and tablets. We don’t know yet if the bankruptcy will affect those or not.

Apple rejects Sony Reader Store app

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2011

Just when you thought that they couldn’t get any more restrictive, it looks like Apple is tightening its iron grip in their iTunes App Store. The company has reportedly rejected Sony’s eBook store app – the Sony Reader Store from the iTunes App Store.

The reason for the rejection was changes in Apple’s App Store policy: All in-app purchases will now have to go through Apple. Apparently apps that sell their own content will not be allowed in the App Store in the future. Apple also may be planning to get into in the eBook business. Apple’s The Daily announcement is happening tomorrow, so we will see if they shed any more light on this.

Apple iPad to arrive at Walmart on Oct 15

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2010

Looks like that leak was correct. Walmart has confirmed that Apple’s iPad will be arriving at its stores on Friday, October 15. All models will be available at the same prices that Apple charges and these will be part of a separate showcase of Apple hardware in-store.

The iPad will also be available online via Walmart, but only for in-store pick up, so you’ll be hitting the store no matter which you choose. The device will initially arrive at hundreds of stores, but an expansion will see some 2,300 stores offer it by mid-November. We take this move by Apple to mean that it is feeling some pressure from the competition.

Kindle Store in the UK now open

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on August 5th, 2010

Amazon.co.uk has started to ship its recently announced Kindle to those living in the UK, and while they were at it, they have also opened the UK Kindle Store. £149 will get you the 3G model, while for £119 you can get the Wi-Fi-only model. Digital books range from £3 to £11.

The UK Kindle Store will have a wide range of titles, with the usual New Releases and Bestsellers. You can pick from more than 170 top UK and international newspapers and magazines. All subscriptions will be delivered automatically to your Kindle, and there’s a free 14-day trial.

LG Mobile App Store to open in 23 Markets

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2010

LG actually launched their mobile application store a while back, but now the company has updated the store, expanding it to 23 countries. Places like Australia, India, South Africa, and 20 others. There are over 3,000 apps in the store, which are available for feature phones, Windows Mobile phones, with Android applications will expand the library over time.

Looks like a quick peek at the Australian store shows that all apps are free for download, though users are separated into Single, Double, or Triple membership levels. Each level offers users more access to additional apps. Activity points are earned by rating apps, sharing it over email or other methods.

Samsung Acclaim hits US Cellular stores July 9

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on June 21st, 2010

US Cellular has updated fans with an official release date for the Samsung Acclaim. This Android slider will arrive on July 9. Sadly we don’t have any other details since US Cellular hasn’t given us any actual specs or even which Android version it runs.

The info we do have suggests that it has a 3.2-inch HVGA screen and a stock Eclair installation. We’ll just have to wait until Samsung sees fit to give us some official details.

The iPad app Store is now live

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2010

In other iPad news, the app store is now live. If they don’t have it already, then soon you will be able to choose from all of the fart, beer, and boobs related apps you can handle for your new iPad as well as some truly useful ones.

This comes days before the device has been released to regular joes without media credentials. There are many to choose from and of course they are more expensive. You can find a full list here. Let us know what you think. Are there any that you absolutely plan on getting?

Oregan launches Widget Store for TVs

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2010

Do you have a connected TV? Would you like an app store to go along with it? Well, you are in luck. Oregan Networks has come up with an applications store for connected TVs. It will allow you to select and download services and applications right onto your TV.

You can select and download services and applications for your television. Content like Twitter, weather, sports and news will al be available, and will come pre-installed with Onyx. You will also be able to access paid content like movies and subscription TV services through the Widgets.

Skiff Reader coming to a Sprint Store near you

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2010

I hear ya, Amazon’s Kindle DX is big. It is, but it’s not the biggest any more. The Skiff Reader is the biggest in town now at just a quarter inch thick. It features a 1600 x 1200 11.5-inch touchscreen (finger and stylus) that should be much better for magazine and newspaper layouts.

Skiff also has 4GB of on-board storage (with over 3GB available for content), SD card expansion, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Content can be loaded via a mini USB jack or through WiFi and 3G is also an option thanks to Sprint, who will sell the Skiff this year for an unknown price.

Palm app catalog hits 1 million downloads

Posted in Palm by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2009

Palm App catalog hits 1 million downloadsWell that didn’t take long. Just the other day we reported that Palm had reached 700,000 downloads and today we are up to a million. That’s pretty amazing. Especially when you consider that less than 30 applications were available from the App Catalog for a single device, which is available only on Sprint in the US.

While we don’t have any official numbers from Palm, the figure comes from industry analysts who suggest that 150,000 Pre devices were shipped since the June 6th retail introduction. That’s an average of about seven apps downloaded per phone.

Apple App Store hits a billion downloads

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

Apple App Store hits a billion downloadsiPod Touch and iPhone owners have been busy over the last nine months. Who would have thought back then that you guys would buy so many apps. Of course it’s hard to resist such gems as the wobbly boob app and iBeer. Obviously it doesn’t take much to get the public’s attention.

Now it’s up to Windows Mobile, Symbian, Android, BlackBerry and the rest to catch up. If we can offer some advice to these other app stores…Games and productivity apps are all good, but put an emphasis on farts, beer and booze. You’ll catch up in no time.

Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co: Where Batman shops

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2009

Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co: Where Batman shopsCheck out this store in New York. The Brooklyn Superhero Supply store in Park Slope, Brooklyn is a place where you can buy all sorts of superhero supplies. Tools of the trade like grappling hooks, bottles of chaos and gravity, capes, invisibility paint, jars of anti-matter, secret identity kits, deflector bracelets and so much more.

The staff treats the products as real superhero supplies and the customers as real superheros. They even try to get you to quote a superhero oath at checkout.

Lego Digital Box shows 3D models

Posted in lego by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2009

Lego Digital Box makes 3D modelsLego is awesome, but the sets can be mighty expensive. Some of them will cost you a few hundred bucks. Sometimes it might be nice to actually see what the completed model looks like before you drop a huge wad of dough on it. Augmented reality to the rescue. Metaio, a Germany company has come up with a system that lets you hold the box in front of the screen, then shows you what that model will look like completed. If only we had had this when we were kids.

It’s the only one in existence at the moment, but if Lego is smart, you and I will be seeing these Digital Boxes in stores worldwide. It would really help sales. Plus, after a while they could update it and show you what other things you could build with that same kit.

iPhone app store in July, tons of apps

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on June 9th, 2008

iPhone app store in July, tons of apps
The Application Store is coming in July. It’s chock full of applications too. Here’s a brief rundown. eBay has an auction application for the iPhone—available from the store for free. Loopt is an application that uses CoreLocation services to find people near you, you stalker. A dedicated TypePad client will be available for free. How about the AP delivering a news channel, that can handle photos, news, and video from the AP network. Mow Cow is a music application that allows you to have a band in your pocket, just be careful where you play. Major League Baseball even got in on the act with a baseball app for stats, results, and video. Modality will let you see anatomical images and really zoom in for some queasy fun. And that’s not a complete list either.

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